Foreign and Independent Film Series

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life


Brookens Auditorium

The Foreign and Independent Film Series is a Student Life-sponsored series that hosts a variety of critically acclaimed independent and foreign films.. Attendance is FREE! If you have suggestions for future films for this series, please e-mail Cynthia Thompson.  


January 30- Black Orpheus (1959), from Brazil, in Portuguese, 100 minutes, Rated PG

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) barings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.  with its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova music and dance crave in America.


March 13 – Waking Ned Devine (1998), UK, France, 91 minutes, Rated PG

The lucky winner of the national lottery is Ned Devine, so taken by his fortune that he died from the shock of it! News of the win spreads quickly in the scenic little Irish village, but not the secret news of Ned’s demise.  With lottery officials closing in to confirm the prize claimed by the deceased Devine, Ned’s closest friends scheme to keep the prize money close to home.


April 10 – Citizenfour (2014), from Germany, in English, 114 minutes, Rated R

In January 2013, Laura Poitras started receiving anonymous encrypted e-mails from “CITIZENFOUR”, who claimed to have evidence of illegal covert surveillance programs run by the NSA in collaboration with other intelligence agencies worldwide.  Five months later, she and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.  The resulting film is history unfolding before our eyes.


May 1- Bread and Tulips (2000), from Italy, in Italian, 114 minutes, Rated PG-13

After being forgotten in a highway cafe during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.